My Recent PRG Seed Trial

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by foreplease, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When September rolls around I like to experiment a little. This year I planted the following to compare to each other.

    1 Accent Perennial PRG

    2 Double Eagle PRG

    3 LESCO Premium Athletic Mix
    • 70% KBG (don’t have variety names here at home with me)
    • 30
    % PRG (don’t have variety names here at home with me)

    4 Champion PRG Blend
    • 35% Zoom
    • 35% Harrier
    • 30% SR4600

    I used 50% sand, by volume, with 50% compost from my own pile. Before planting I mixed in a little 32-3-8 50% SCU. All have been watered the same way.

    They were planted late September 14. It has been a pretty average September for temperature here, maybe a little on the cool side. It has been dry but these were watered every day.

    Today is September 30. These have been cut three times and are now 16 days old. The test is not finished, but one of the things I was interested in was what quality of turf cover I could achieve in a short time without using any Penn Mulch or similar material. I am also very interested in how these will look around the end of October and how they differ from each other. I like and have used the LESCO Premium Athletic mix for years. That is what the lawn planted next to the driveway was planted to several years ago. With 70% KBG it will take a while to fill in, I realize.

    I have an in-ground test plot with the same varieties planted at a school nearby. It was planted a couple days later than the coffee cans. Although it has been watered, I have not mowed it yet – planning to do that Saturday. It is at one end of a practice field used for football and soccer and has been stepped in a couple times. (pictured at bottom of next post)

    September 22 (8 days old) :

    All four plots
    All 4 Sept 22_low res.JPG


    September 30 (16 days old):

    All Four Trials - 16 days old:
    All Sept 30_low res.JPG

    Champion PRG Blend- 16 days old:
    Champion PRG blend Sept 30_low res.JPG

    LESCO Premium Athletic Mix- 16 days old:
    LESCO prem ath mix Sept 30_low res.JPG

    Double Eagle PRG- 16 days old:
    Double Eage PRG Sept 30_low res.JPG

    continued in next post...

    All 4 Sept 22_low res.JPG

    All Sept 30_low res.JPG

    Champion PRG blend Sept 30_low res.JPG

    LESCO prem ath mix Sept 30_low res.JPG

    Double Eage PRG Sept 30_low res.JPG
     
  2. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    continued...
    Accent PRG - 16 days old:
    Accent PRG Sept 30_low res.JPG

    In-ground plot planted September 16, photo taken September 27. From bottom to top pf photo Double Eagle PRG, Accent PRG, LESCO Premium Athletic Mix, Champion Blend

    September 27 - 11 days old
    UMS plot all taken from west Sept 27_low res.jpg

    Accent PRG Sept 30_low res.JPG

    UMS plot all taken from west Sept 27_low res.jpg
     
  3. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    Nice, very nice

    We also take a picture of the tag on the bag that has the breakdown of the mix when doing trials, you can number them 1, 2, 3.
    Very interesting how different varieties and mixes germinate differently, same environment.

    In a year it will be fun to watch, or late next spring, bury them and see how they do in the spring

    You should do a control of each as well with no inputs and see if it is the mix or the fert that makes the difference.

    The fert will probably have more influence at first and then the compost later

    Believe it or not the color of the canister could also makes a difference, paint some black and others, green or white
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    Nice, very nice

    We also take a picture of the tag on the bag that has the breakdown of the mix when doing trials, you can number them 1, 2, 3.
    Very interesting how different varieties and mixes germinate differently, same environment.

    In a year it will be fun to watch, or late next spring, bury them ans see how they do in the spring

    You should do a control of each as well with no inputs and see if it is the mix or the fert that makes the difference.

    The fert will probably have more influence at first and then the compost later
     
  5. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some good ideas there. Thank you. I normally do take a photo of the seed label and/or pull one and save it when I use it on a job.

    I do not understand what you mean by "bury it." In compost? Soon enough it will be buried in snow.

    The ground plot interests me most but is not under my complete control. The Folger's cans get pretty clode to optimum care.

    Thanks for your comments and ideas.
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  6. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Come to think of it, the in-ground plot did not get any fertilizer. I will add some after I mow.
     
  7. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    October 17 (33 days old)
    I should include that it has been somewhat damp and consistently cool here since my last update. I will get a photo of the in the ground plot soon. The Accent PRG got off to a great start but I think the Champion Mix now has better overall quality. The only thing I am evaluating is establishment and response to water, fertilizer, and cutting.

    Sorry, but the order of the containers changed from those posted above.

    All L-R: LESCO Premium Athletic, Accent, Double Eagle, Champion
    All Oct 16_low res.JPG

    Champion Blend
    Champion PRG Blend Oct 16_low res.jpg

    Double Eagle
    Double Eagle PRG Oct 16_low res.jpg

    Accent
    Accent PRG Oct 16_low res.jpg

    LESCO Premium Athletic Mix
    LESCO prem ath mix_low res.jpg

    In nearly any other year I believe the LESCO Premium Athletic Mix would have more established by now. Soil temps were 50-52 most of last week - measured at 2" in the ground, not the containers shown.

    All Oct 16_low res.JPG

    Champion PRG Blend Oct 16_low res.jpg

    Double Eagle PRG Oct 16_low res.jpg

    Accent PRG Oct 16_low res.jpg

    LESCO prem ath mix_low res.jpg
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2009
  8. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 133

    nice pics this is a cool experiment. I was wondering how you regulated how much seed you put into each bucket? like maybe by weighing the seed to have the same amount in each bucket or something along those lines.
     
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good stuff! I'd be interested in seeing root development too.
     
  10. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks. In the containers I used the same volume of seed but did not weigh it. It was a small measuring scoop that came with some pesticide, guessing it was about 1 1/2 tablespoons. When I started these I tried to to keep things even but had not thought about posting it here, so I was not as scientifc as I could have been. For the ground plots I just scattered it by hand and raked it in until it looked even. I did one secton at a time and had a board I used as a divider to keep the edges mostly clean and separate.

    I will have to think about a way to sample the roots without destroying the containers. That is a good idea. Might be easier to pull plugs from the larger ground plots. I'll try to get over there tomorrow for a more current photo.
     

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